biohazard, you're a douche. You really underestimate powder. Sure, it won't hurt nearly as much to fall on your head in powder, but if you're deep enough and your friends are too far away to haul your ass out of the snow, you're going to die.
People really underestimate this stuff, I don't know the last time someone died on east coast ice, but every year numerous people die by falling in tree wells and in avalanches in powder.
Pain is temporary.
BTW, my answer varies in this. On the east coast, the mountains are low so you don't have to drive too far to get to the hill, some people can even go ski for a couple hours after school and many resorts have night skiing. But on the west, the mountains are way higher and skiing after school just isn't possible unless you've got night skiing. But for terrain, shit, West Coast hands down. Nothing like natural terrain parks.